Cashman Wants Montero to Play Everyday 12


Via Brian Heyman of the Journal News:

Cashman was brutally honest as usual when it came to the backup catcher situation. Russell Martin is back in the lineup after missing seven of the last eight games. Francisco Cervelli, who has struggled offensively and defensively, had subbed for him. Cashman wants top catching prospect Jesus Montero to play. That’s why he isn’t being brought up to back up Martin and get occasional DH at-bats.

“Is Montero better than Cervelli? Yes he is,” Cashman said.

In one respect, what Brian Cashman said is completely understandable. Montero is their top prospect and would certainly benefit by playing everyday, especially defensively.

However, Martin has been pretty banged up and maybe they should be splitting time as co-catchers instead of having Montero as the backup. Martin is not only dealing with a back issue now, but he is still recovering from both knee and hip surgeries. When he was fresh in April he was hitting the cover off the ball, but after playing for nearly a month straight he has falling off quite a bit.

It’s hard to see how it would significantly hurt Montero’s development to play 45 of the next 90 games and it seems like it could do a lot toward keeping Martin healthy and productive. At the same time it would keep the Yankees from relying on such a poor backup catcher in Cervelli.


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12 thoughts on “Cashman Wants Montero to Play Everyday

  • Mike Sommer

    “Is Montero better than Cervelli? Yes he is,” Cashman said. … I understand the logic behind Cashman's reasoning (playing Montero everyday), but aren't you supposed to win at the major league level? Meanwhile we are subjected to a backup C throwing the ball into CF and who is hitting .185-1-11 with an OPS+ of 44. Yuk. :-(

  • stevehenn

    The word on Montero is that he is not a good defensive catcher. That could ultimately hurt his development, if he cannot get on the same page as the pitchers. Can he hit, yes, but catch, who knows. All I can argue is that he needs to DH or maybe put an OF glove on him. If he comes up to the Yankees, and fails at catching, ie: lofts balls into the outfield trying to throw them to second, or if he can't call a game properly, his hitting is going to suffer up here. Personally, I wish they put him into the outfield, given that he can cover enough space to field the position effectively.

  • Joe

    Monetro not being called up is just another reason why the Yankees need change atop the brass.

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